The leaders of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils have agreed in principle to a devolution deal which the Government has confirmed it is 'minded to' approve.
A devolution deal for the region means unlocking £4.2 billion of investment, over 30 years, and seeing additional powers transferred from Whitehall to local people with better knowledge and experience of our communities.
It is expected to create 24,000 extra jobs, create 70,000 courses to give people the skills to get good jobs and leverage £5.0 billion of private sector investment.
This deal represents a significant opportunity to make a difference to people who live and work in the North East, and could have a hugely positive impact on the big issues that matter to you.
Whether that is new and better paid jobs, more affordable housing or placing ourselves at the forefront of Net Zero revolution, the chance of more decision-making powers and millions of pounds in funding will have a major impact on the North East.
The new authority, which would cover an area which is home to around 2 million people, will have the power to make decisions on areas such as transport, skills, housing, finance and economic development.
The deal includes:
- An investment fund of £1.4bn, or £48m a year, to support inclusive economic growth and support our regeneration priorities
- An indicative budget of around £1.8bn, or £60m a year, for adult education and skills - to meet local skills priorities and improve opportunities for residents
- A £900m package of investment to transform our transport system, with £563m from the City Regional Sustainable Transport Fund, on top of funding already announced for our buses and metro system
- £69m of investment in housing and regeneration, unlocking sites to bring forward new housing and commercial development
Local leaders have worked together to negotiate an offer which matches their ambition to make a difference for residents, communities and the economy.
What is this consultation about?
The consultation is a chance for you to understand proposals of how the proposed devolution deal from government could be implemented in the region and have your say.
We'll be asking for your views about the details of the proposed scheme - the document that sets out how devolution would be implemented.
This devolution deal is subject to adopting the model of a directly elected mayor over the whole of the Combined Area and replacing the two combined authorities which currently exist in that area, namely the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and North of Tyne Mayoral Combined Authority (NTCA), with a single new North East Mayoral Combined Authority (NEMCA).
The councils have published a scheme under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.
Currently, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council are members of NTCA while Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council are members of NECA.
Our published scheme sets out proposals for changing the way in which the councils work together on these matters, and for devolving new powers to the area of the seven councils.
There is no change to way the seven local authorities operate independently, and they will still be responsible for delivering the services they do currently.
This new combined authority will be led by a Mayor elected by residents across the area, and together with one representative from each of the seven constituent councils will form a Cabinet which will make decisions for the new combined authority.
The first step to implement our proposals is to seek your views on them through this public consultation which runs from 26 January to 23 March 2023.
There are documents available on this page for reference if you would like more detail:
- A Governance Review which considers how functions to promote economic growth and improve transport are managed in the region, concluding that the creation of a new authority would deliver better outcomes
- The scheme sets out proposals to change the governance arrangements for the area of the seven councils
- The deal document agreed in principle with government
How your view can play a part
This public consultation is your chance to have a say on our proposals. A summary of the responses will be considered by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities who will have regard to the views of the public and other stakeholders when deciding whether to make the required legislation to put the changes into effect.
North East Devolution Consultation - take part
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Public consultation event - Friday 10 March 2023
Patrick Melia, Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council and Head of Paid Service for the North East Combined Authority, and Cllr Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, will share details of the recently announced North East devolution deal, with an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
The event will take place on Friday 10 March from 2.30pm in the Council Chamber at City Hall. Registration is essential.
Register here for the NE devolution deal consultation event
Several other consultation events will be taking place across the region. Please click on the links below for more information.
- Durham - 23 February
- Berwick - 27 February
- Gateshead - 28 February
- Durham (online) - 28 February
- Newcastle - 7 March. Informal drop in at Walker Library between 5 - 6pm
- North Tyneside - 8 March
- Newcastle - 9 March. Informal drop in at Outer West Library between 12noon - 1pm
- Gateshead (online) - 9 March
- Newcastle - 13 March. Informal drop in at City Library between 4 - 5pm
- Newcastle - 13 March